After a substantial author’s Preface recounting the author’s life-journey with the question of God’s existence, A Universe From Someone pulls together Essays and Opening Speeches from debates (including the 2011 ‘God is not a delusion’ debate at the Cambridge Union) that jointly cover a wide variety of theistic arguments. Together with a foreword by noted philosopher J.P. Moreland, an annotated bibliography highlighting ‘Four Dozen Key Resources on Apologetics and Natural Theology in an Age of Science’, and other recommended resources, A Universe From Someone offers an informed overview of the contemporary case for God.
‘In my opinion [A Universe From Someone] is the top work currently available that (1) provides an insightful overview of the re-emergence of (especially Christian) natural theology for the last seventy-five years or so; (2) offers a readable, but quite substantive presentation of updated versions of the key arguments that have constituted this re-emergence. Along the way, Williams offers new development of important, but less popular arguments in natural theology. As if that were not enough, the well-selected, large, annotated bibliography is alone worth the price of the book. Williams knows the literature well and he has well-developed skills in taking hard material and making it accessible to a wide audience in an engaging way. I am so thankful for this important book. Read it and get the bigger picture of what’s been going on in debates about God’s existence.’ – J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, USA, and co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology.
‘Peter Williams has written an excellent introduction and guide to natural theology. I appreciate the practicality of this volume: its array of written and internet resources on arguments for God’s existence; helpful annotated bibliographies on valuable books on natural theology; and the author’s weaving together his personal story into the book to show the relevance of these natural theological arguments. In addition, the author robustly engages contemporary dissenting non-theistic voices with pointed responses of his own. A valuable book!’ – Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and co-editor of The Naturalness of Belief: New Essays on Theism’s Rationality (Lexington, 2019).
Original Publication versions of some of the material in A Universe From Someone:
“Can Moral Realism Do Without God?” revised edition, original version published in Theofilos (2012)
A Brief Introduction to and Defence of the Modern Ontological Argument originally published in Theofilos (Volume 7, 2015:3)
Natural Theology and Science in Contemporary Apologetic Context: An Overview originally published in Theofilos (Vol. 12, 2020, issue 1.)
Amazon Lists of Recommended Resources
Amazon List: Recommended reading for aspiring apologists
Amazon List: Debating God and Jesus
YouTube Playlist, “Natural Theology” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQhh3qcwVEWiDA8QN4h8wLrrbm49fLzPN
YouTube Playlist, “Debating God” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQhh3qcwVEWiY3UmTAiRdj2OW4SBG0y_W
Videos Featuring Peter S. Williams
Short Videos Featuring Peter S. Williams